Bennett not down beat after heavy defeat

Wayne Bennett believes that England’s heavy defeat to New Zealand in the third test at Elland Road shouldn’t overshadow the overall success of the series win.

Despite a 34-0 defeat yesterday, England still lifted the Baskerville Shield after a 2-1 series win.

“We’ve got to keep things in perspective. We’ve had two great games, played some great stuff and won the series too,” he said.

“We’re going in the right direction. I’m pleased with where we’re going.

“I’ve learned there’s a talented group of players in the country.

“By the end of the night here, we had 13 players unavailable to us, so we’ve got a healthy squad to pick from going forward.”

On his side’s performance on the day, Bennett wasn’t pleased but praised New Zealand’s performance.

“I obviously wasn’t happy with the performance, but I accepted what happened and I understand it better than most,” Bennett continued.

“I walked into the changing room and there was Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins and George Burgess was looking at me. We had a stack out

“They’ve got quality players who all play in the NRL. Today was their best game, most disciplined with the ball.